The Worthington Division of Police has released a photo of the object that led to a suspicious-package scare at Congregation Beth Tikvah last month.

After nearly a month of investigation, Worthington police detectives determined the object that was found March 9 was a child's art project that had been misplaced.

According to Sgt. James Moran, detectives "confirmed the object was a school project that was accidentally left at the facility by a young child" and closed the case April 7.

Units from multiple central Ohio jurisdictions responded to Beth Tikvah the morning of March 9, when a woman reported a suspicious package.

After more than two hours, police and fire personnel determined the item likely was an oddly shaped "art project" by a child from the congregation's day care.

But hours later, Worthington investigators changed course and began working to determine whether the "art" was an intentional hoax.

Moran said the investigation took so long because detectives were "just trying to make contact with people who were involved."

"At least one of them was a minor, so we had to work through Beth Tikvah and the parents," he said. "It was just connecting those dots."

The police division has not yet released a photo of the item.

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